Now why don’t you lay down those books you see on the shelves of major bookstores and opt for something more local, more Borneo. Introducing, The Meeting Pool: A Tale of Borneo by Mervyn Skipper.
It is a story about a group of animals, living in Pulau Daat, setting up a plot against the White Men who are taking down their forest. With a surprising twist at the end, combined with characters each with their own personalities, filled with lessons for the young and old and beautiful illustrations, this book serves as a great read for those who wants to ‘get to know’ the animals of Borneo. I can see a 2D Disney production while reading it. It’s fun and you just can’t put it down.
“This children’s book is a very lively collection of animal stories told by the Borneo forest animals to one another as they gather at their meeting-pool in the evenings to plot a strategy to get rid of the White Man who is cutting down their forests to plant rubber trees. Though this book was first published in 1929 it reads like a book written in 2007, both in freshness and relevance (just substitute oil palms for rubber trees!). It is a delightful introduction to the animals of Borneo, enhanced by the beautiful line drawings.” – Natural History Publication (Borneo).
Go get yourself a copy at Borneo Books, BG 26, Ground Floor, Phase 2 Wisma Merdeka, 88800 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. That’s where I got mine.